Dr. Zach Adelman Laboratory
Entrance year: 2019
Hometown: Manning, SC
“My research is aimed at creating a virus induced death of the mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. Aedes aegypti is responsible for the transmission of several medically significant viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. By exploiting the replication mechanisms that are specific to these viruses, we will construct a transgene that will release an insect-specific neurotoxin into the mosquito’s nervous system upon systemic infection. This should result in the death of the infected insect prior to biting and infecting a host.”
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
This program exceled as far as structure and organization. The fact that it’s interdisciplinary was a plus as well. I ended up joining a lab in a totally different field than what I had anticipated because I had so many options I could explore.
When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
As an undergraduate my concentration was in biotechnology. I acquired a diverse skillset and knowledge base, and as a result I was torn between going to graduate school for microbiology or genetics. I had a pretty wise mentor who explained to me that a foundation in genetics was widely applicable (plants, animals, microorganisms), whereas a foundation in microbiology probably would not offer me the same degree of flexibility. Seeing as how I had a variety of research interests, I decided to pursue genetics.
What is your favorite thing about life in College Station?
My favorite thing about College Station is Rudy’s BBQ. They have the best peach cobbler in town (trust me, I’ve tried so many)!
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they?
I like to draw and paint, even though I’m probably a bit rusty now. I’m an okay dancer as well. I used to be in a dance troupe when I was an undergraduate and may attend an occasional heels class.
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
I have a lovely tortoiseshell cat named Bulma. She’s named after Bulma from the DragonBall series, which happens to be my favorite anime.